The Bistro on Main is for sale, but the owner is just testing the waters

Photo via Bistro on Main

A “for sale” sign in front of the Bistro on Main, Kent’s fine dining staple, has set social media forums abuzz.

But reached by phone, Bistro owner Dave Tribuzzo said he isn’t trying to get out of the business, and the restaurant isn’t in trouble. Rather, he puts the business up for sale every five years or so just to see what will happen. It helps to have a Realtor who’s a friend of the family and is willing to play along.

Everything is for sale at the right price, he said. If a buyer comes along, Tribuzzo will be $1.3 million richer (minus commissions). If not, he’ll keep the Bistro’s doors open.

Tribuzzo said business is fine and, unlike other companies these days, is not struggling with labor issues. He said private events are scheduled as far away as next year.

Unless a buyer appears, the Bistro’s for sale sign at 1313 W. Main St. will remain in place for six months, which is the standard contract Realtors offer.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.

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